Portuguese Studies

Course Listing

Portuguese Studies

The courses below are offered through the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures.

Web: http://laic.columbia.edu/


In addition to providing students with a commanding linguistic preparation in Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan, the department offers a flexible and varied undergraduate program that enables them to study the cultural manifestations of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds in a variety of cultural contexts: the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the former colonies of Portugal, and the United States.

Spanish Placement Exam

Entering Columbia students are placed in Spanish courses or exempted from the language requirement on the basis of their College Board Achievement or Advanced Placement scores. All other students with prior knowledge of Spanish (secondary school, living abroad, near-native or native speakers) who want to continue studying Spanish are required to take the department's Spanish Placement Examination before registering for a course. Please visit the Spanish and Portuguese Department's Web site for additional information about the Spanish Placement Examination. Please note that language courses may not be taken Pass/Fail nor may they be audited.

Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center located in 116B Lewisohn and 353 International Affairs Building Extension, provides intensive practice in pronunciation, diction, and aural comprehension. Exercises in the laboratory are closely integrated with classroom work. Coordinated recorded programs are available and strongly recommended for students registered in Spanish language courses. Recorded exercises in pronunciation and intonation, as well as recordings of selected literary works, are also available to all students in Spanish courses. For current laboratory hours, please call 212-854 3211.

Directory of Classes

The course information displayed on this page relies on an external system and may be incomplete. Please visit Spanish and Portuguese on the Directory of Classes for complete course information for:

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

After finding your course in the Directory of Classes, click on the section number to open an expanded view. The "Open To" field will indicate whether the course is open to School of Professional Studies students. If School of Professional Studies is not included in the field, students may still be able to cross-register for the course by obtaining permission after being admitted to an academic program.

PORT G4200 Drama of Brazil and the River Plate Region [In Portuguese]. 3 points.

Not offered during 2020-21 academic year.

An introduction to contemporary drama from Brazil and Argentina, observing and understanding the significant metamorphosis of Brazilian and Argentinian theater from the regionalist to the universal.

PORT UN1101 Elementary Portuguese I. 4 points.

A beginning course designed for students who wish to start their study of Portuguese and have no proficiency in another Romance language. The four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing are developed at the basic level.

Fall 2020: PORT UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PORT 1101 001/11074 M W Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Ana Huback 4 10/15

PORT UN1320 Comprehensive Elementary Portuguese I and II for Spanish Speakers. 4 points.

Prerequisites: knowledge of Spanish or another Romance language.

An intensive beginning language course in Brazilian Portuguese with emphasis on Brazilian culture through multimedia materials related to culture and society in contemporary Brazil. Recommended for students who have studied Spanish or another Romance language. The course is the equivalent of two full semesters of elementary Portuguese with stress on reading and conversing, and may be taken in place of PORT W1101-W1102. For students unable to dedicate the time needed cover two semesters in one, the regularly paced sequence PORT W1101-W1102 is preferable.

Fall 2020: PORT UN1320
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PORT 1320 001/11076 M W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Online Only
Jose Castellanos-Pazos 4 8/15
PORT 1320 002/11080 T Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Online Only
Jose Castellanos-Pazos 4 5/15

PORT W1201 Intermediate Portuguese I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: PORT W1120 or the equivalent.

General review of grammar, with emphasis on self-expression through oral and written composition, reading, conversation, and discussion.

PORT W1202 Intermediate Portuguese II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: PORT W1120 or the equivalent.

General review of grammar, with emphasis on self-expression through oral and written composition, reading, conversation, and discussion.

PORT W1220 Comprehensive Intermediate Portuguese. 4 points.

Prerequisites: PORT W1102 or PORT W1320.

This course discusses contemporary issues based on articles from Lusophone newspapers and magazines. Students will review grammar, expand their vocabulary and improve oral expression, writing, and reading skills. They are also exposed to audiovisual material that will deepen their understanding of Lusophone societies and culture.

PORT W3340 Modern Brazilian Literature and Culture. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).
Not offered during 2020-21 academic year.

Prerequisites: PORT W3320 or the instructor's permission.

The proposed course provides students with an overview of key moments and themes in the evolution and development of Brazilian culture and civilization. Theoretically, it explores critically the notion of a cultural identity in Brazil as constructed and debated in various literary, cinematic texts and cultural movements from the colonial period through to the present day. Key moments examined are the rise of indianism and nationalism before and after Independence from Portugal, the abolition of slavery, state and society under the Republic, ‘modernism’, regionalism, cultures of the dictatorship and avant-garde and cinematic movements of the 50s and 60s and commercial films of the present day. The course considers how cultural texts and movements both articulated and contested ‘official’ notions and configurations of a national identity in Brazil, configurations that often expose complex racial, gender and class discourses involved in the development of Brazil.

PORT W3349 Cinema and Society in Brazil. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
Not offered during 2020-21 academic year.

Prerequisites: advanced level of Portuguese.

The course introduces and analyzes all phases of Brazilian cinema: from the early silent period, through the musical-comedy chanchandas of the thirties and forties, through the Hollywood-style productions of the fifties, and the diverse phases of Cinema Novo to the present Renaissance. This will entail studying the imbrications of the films studied in Brazilian history and within a complex web of literary, cinematic and popular culture intertexts. Topics foregrounded include carnival, allegory, self referential cinema, violence, and music.

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